Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

One piece at a time...

I drafted this post MONTHS ago, and am finally posting it...
Wow, I kept thinking I would come back to this blog, but somehow the longer I waited the harder that has become.  I want to share this project though in more than just a photo, so here I am.  I still have some finishing work to do on this apron, but it is almost there. I started it a little over a year ago after coming home from my first ever art retreat.  I just began cutting and stitching some random pieces of fabric onto the white apron I had purchased for the trip.  Like most new art adventures I started with no real know-how or end goal, but I just wanted to sew something.  I was so unsure of how to finish and got bored, so I put it away for a long while.  I recently pulled it out and began to work on it and quickly felt like I knew where I wanted it to end up.  I really like how it is turning much so that I had to make a couple more aprons to paint in because I can't bear the thought of wrecking this one!  Sewing or making anything with my hands always helps me to clear my thoughts and ease my troubled mind. One day my faith will be made sight and my hope realized and then only love will remain...forever.  I am so looking forward to that day.  Until then, I will be faithful to the One who has redeemed me and I will continue to try and make my little corner of the world a peaceful and more beautiful place on creative project at a time.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A girl can changer her mind....

I am still not sure how I will continue to navigate the blogging world that is ever changing, BUT I just was sad to see all that I have shared just disappear.  I have taken a number of mixed media classes from Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen mainly...and their creative influence is pretty apparent in most of my work.  This year I am branching out a bit, but taking it at my own pace.  I tend to get overwhelmed and then shut down a bit, so I am trying to learn how to pace myself.  At any rate, I made this 6x6 canvas yesterday afternoon after a bit of a dry spell creatively.  It came together pretty quickly and I actually quite like it.  The scripture 1 Corinthians 13:2 came to mind as I was making this..I pray that I always have/show love in everything that I do.  If I still have any readers, I would be happy to say thanks by sharing some mail art with you.  I will be working on some of that over the next  couple of weeks.  So, if you are interested in receiving a treat in the mail from me, just leave a comment below.   

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013 and GCgirl....

 I took an admittedly bad photo, but wanted to share my new craft space that is ALMOST finished. I could not in good conscience keep it all for myself!  We have a place for reading, movie watching and generally just all hanging out.  It is a great space for the family to do different things but spend time together (even the dog as you can see).
I am pretty excited about this new space finally ready crafty goodness, and if the Lord is willing I hope to really spend time honing my skills this year.  Having said that, I am retiring this blog..  It has been a blessing and has been good for a season.  That season is over, and I look forward to a new chapter in my creative, spiritual and online life.  I am praying that I will find a way for those to all be seamless and to God's glory alone.

I do want to express my thanks to each and every one who has commented and encouraged me along the way here.  Kindness is always appreciated and some of your comments helped to sustain me on some very down days.  I will cherish some of them always.

With no further ado, may the Lord bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you.

Soli Deo Gloria

Monday, December 30, 2013

Some projects as of late...

 These are some of the girls that have shown up around here while I have been getting my room together....I am liking a few of them, but a couple will hopefully find a new home soon.

I also wanted to share my Christmas stocking project.  I have wanted a girl one for a while now and have been collecting the stuff to make I finally decided to go for it (the day after Christmas).  We are going to do a family gift exchange on NewYear's Day here since my son has been gone over the Christmas holiday so it works out fine.  I have a little more hand stitching to do on this, but it is pretty much as complete as I want it for now.  I thought I may add more next year, but I am mostly happy with it.  If you are a seamstress...don't look too closely because I am not!  I just dive in and do things the hard way, the wrong way, but if I don't just go for it I will never do anything new!  I learned a lot and could make another one much more pristine...but where is the fun in that?

I have really been learning how impatient I am AND how perfectionism can get a grasp on me so I can fluctuate wildly between the two.  It is my desire and prayer to just be more even keeled and enjoy the day, the process and even the imperfections.  We all know that perfect is a lie anyway, right?

That's all for today, and I already have my post done for tomorrow with my room reveal (sort of) to finish out 2013.  It has been a fast and full year for my family and I am hoping for a blessed new year that is at least a tad bit less transitional!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

This is a photo of my newly planted crab apple tree in a recent ice storm.  I will be back soon for a lengthy year end post with some photos of recent work and direction for the new year.  In the meantime, I want to wish each one who reads this post a very Merry Christmas in celebration the incarnation of Christ..

God did an incredible work in sending His only begotten Son into the world and providing us with a salvation we do not deserve. Praise the Lord for that moment in which “the Word became flesh.” We are now redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19).

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Friday, October 4, 2013

House collage photos and Friday thoughts....

I thought I would share some collage photos of some work in progress first...

Now, for a collage of my master bedroom (which I am very happy with)

From the time I was a young girl, I wanted to be a wife and mother.  I have done many other things and have worked most of my life...only being a full time homemaker the last couple of years.  It is not a popular life choice esp. since I don't have a bunch of little ones...but I have never been more content than I am right now making our house a home and loving my family.  I am finding joy in making my bed, packing lunches and providing yummy dinners for my guys.  We are blessed, but our pleasures are truly simple and I love it that way!  One more photo and a thought to share on the Friday....

For the last couple of years I have had a significant commute with my son every day for the tune of 2 to 3 hours a day spent in the car.  This has proven to be an annoyance at times, but in a MUCH bigger way a blessing.  It affords me an opportunity to have conversations that would not otherwise take place, I pray and listen to many sermons and the Bible on audio.  It is a season and the Lord has blessed me in it.  It has helped me to be quiet and reflect on the goodness of God in ALL circumstances because there will always be many trials, worries and circumstances competing for my time, energy and attention.  I wanted to share this photo taken with my phone this morning on the way back from dropping him off.  It is not unusual for me to be blessed by the beautiful compositions in the sky that I am observing during my commutes, but  I was particularly struck this morning by the dark clouds juxtaposed by the brilliant light and blue sky peeking through. I don't see this blog as a venue to share my opinions and thoughts about what is going on in the world or to engage in divisive theological debate.  I will only say that truth is truth even if no one believes it, there is hope that is sure and supersedes any trials, pain or conflict.  It is Friday.....but Sunday is coming

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you